vamedic03 wrote:(2) As to "substantive responsibility", I have yet to see anyone actually identify such an example. If you're doing major litigation at either Cravath or Boies, an associate (especially junior or midlevel) shouldn't expect any stand-up experience. Associates at both firms will be doing some degree of document production
The people at Cravath will tell you this is clearly an advantage for them. The rotational system means that there's no "senior associate" that a partner has worked with repeatedly before and can just grab for the more substantive portions of a case; he gets a new set of associates rotated in and has to staff out the work to them. The whole idea is that associates have to learn the more substantive points of a particular subset of lit (or corp, as the case may be) in a shorter time frame and the system does that by making the partners give them more important work.
Dunno if it really works out in real life, but that's how my screening interviewer described it.